Jeddah Mali's "Freedom 201"
Navigating the challenges and joys of living a conscious life
Jeddah Mali presented Freedom 201 as a 12-session teleseminar series to help you understand how to navigate the challenges and joys of living a conscious life. The recordings are available as a digital set in your online Library.
In Freedom 201 Jeddah leads 12 conversations through the common areas where we can get caught, where forgetting is strongest in our daily lives. She helps bring the light of consciousness to these areas, so we can notice, experience, and enjoy both the physical and non-physical forms of awareness. So we can live within the full spectrum of possibility available to us.
Freedom 201 goes hand-in-hand with Jeddah's Embracing Freedom audio course, but you do not need Embracing Freedom to get tremendous benefit and satisfaction.
Freedom 201 MP3 Course
Descriptions of the Freedom 201 sessions
Willing and Allowing
Willing and Allowing are crucial factors in creating what we desire. "Willing" pushes the boat from the shore and "allowing" rows the boat across the water.
When we say we really want something, such as going to the gym once a week or adopting any new habit, the "want to" usually remains in the form of a wish without any action.
This lack of follow through could be for a number of reasons (such as we don't feel like we deserve), but more than likely it is because we don't understand how experiences and things come into being, and therefore we are not activating the right elements of the process.
Allowing is the kind of action that is really non-action. Most people think if they want something, they just have to pedal harder. If we are really allowing an experience to come into being, that allowing already demonstrates that we understand the mechanics of creation, and we relax into it rather than pushing into it. Allowing is letting our subatomic particles reorganize into the pattern we are willing to experience.
Willing and Allowing are like electricity. You don't see it, so you often don't give it credit, but they are vitally important components of the human creation process with a direct effect on the outcome. The good news is, they are completely within our conscious choice.
Willing and Allowing are properties of our experience, so familiar to us every day that when someone points it out we think, "Oh, my goodness yes!" We use them all of the time without realizing it, but our minds are so muddled we often use them against ourselves. It's like trying to poke someone and poking ourselves instead!
Holding Consciousness Steady
Without holding our consciousness steady, we cannot experience any clarity. The feedback coming to us would be distorted, and we would not be able to read our own experiences. Steadiness is the root of seeing clearly.
When we are trying to get a meal ready, or get off to work, the phone rings, the dog has an accident on the floor, we feel as if our attention is drawn to a hundred different places simultaneously, and this tends to pull us up and out of ourselves. It can make us feel we don't belong in our lives. We feel thin, pressured, and intense.
When the same circumstances are experienced from conscious steadiness, they look and feel very differently. We are no longer circumstance-bound. We are not drawing conclusions about ourselves, our days, and our lives based on the actions that are happening around us.
Holding consciousness steady gives us the sense of being centered and grounded, which we need more and more in today's world. We so often feel pushed around by life, always on the receiving end of something we didn't want, didn't order, and don't like. When we hold our consciousness steady, we have more capacity to handle whatever is coming toward us.
On a personal level, we experience steadiness as a relief, as a welcomed peace. When we feel inner steadiness, we tend to trust ourselves more, which is a very important part of the puzzle. With others, we tend to gravitate to those who demonstrate steadiness. When we're feeling a little wobbly, we don't go for comfort to the wobbliest in our friendship circle, we go to the steadiest. There is a lovely reassuring quality about steadiness that has a relationship to trust that makes us all feel safer.
What we create, what we bring into our experience… What our perceptions are, how we relate to ourselves, others, life, and existence… are all determined by the quality of thoughts we hold.
Most people's minds are not clear, and most people's minds are not light. They are filled with the mundane. It is like throwing all of your dirty sports gear from the past 45 years into a locker without once cleaning it.
The mind is a beautiful vessel with a marvelous design, and yet we don't use it anywhere near its capacity or potential. The contents we hold in it do not do justice to its capabilities. Our thoughts are so jammed in. They are not considered or consciously chosen. Our minds are often on automatic pilot, rehashing previous thoughts. Yet our thoughts are generating sensations all of the time, and the sensations of this chaotic mixture create burdensome and uncomfortable experiences.
When our mind is clear and light it attunes to elevated thoughts, which bring about much more expansive experiences. We feel tremendous relief.
Having a clear mind also allows us to see our life more clearly, which is vital if we are to ascertain our role in creation.
The amount of meaning we put on something is equal to the amount of significance we give it.
Unfortunately we tend to load a lot of meaning onto things that don't serve us. Instead of seeing life as it really is, we create storylines around our life. This picture is always the work of the ego identity trying to preserve its illusory version of life. The depth and extent to which we layer meaning onto things enslaves us to an externally driven reality that simply does not match up with how existence is designed.
Layering life with meaning that fits this picture affects what is important to us, what we focus on, what we chase, and what we get upset about. But when we suggest we drop the meaning and focus on the bigger picture, people tend to get defensive or even aggressive, because it is so tied to who they perceive themselves to be. Buddhists would say that is the root of suffering.
Even when we have something in our lives that is cherished and appreciated, if it should go, it would make us unhappy. Understanding meaning releases us from feeling we are at the mercy of the vagaries of life. It gives us tremendous lightness and freedom to enjoy our lives.
There is a notion that the physical body is less than spirit, but in truth the physical body is a slightly denser energy body. It is part of a continuum of the whole energy field. It's not only vital to human life, but an incredible environment to practice the evolution of consciousness.
The physical body is a tangible expression of energy as matter, as being. The physical body is evidence of our thoughts in form, which means we end up wearing our attitude. When we engage in an internal dialogue of criticism and judgment, it is particularly wearing for the energy of existence, because these thoughts are so out of sync with the truth of the body. When our beliefs are contracted and critical, they can create a stagnant energy that may result in disharmony, discomfort, and even disease.
But when we engage in expansive and loving thoughts toward our body, we restore its inherent energetic expansion. Aligning our thinking with our nature, releases all contraction. The result is the harmonious reorganization and healing of our being, including the entire physical body.
Self-acceptance is the beginning of having a relationship with ourselves that is kind, loving, and respectful. We become full of appreciation instead of criticism, forgiveness instead of blame, and compassion instead of shame.
Yet because of a pervasive absence of self-acceptance in society, many of us live with an underlying sense of lack or wrong-doing. We can feel guilty and at fault. It is a crippling environment to be in day after day.
We tend to wait for life to prove our worth before we step into self-acceptance, and yet self-acceptance is the doorway to feeling worthy. When we start to accept our being, it clears a huge hindrance that previously lay in our path—the hindrance of self-denial. We cannot experience our own beauty and goodness while simultaneously negating our existence. It's like trying to drive with our foot on the brake and the gas at the same time.
The only way we can access all that life has to offer is through our being. We must start where we are, as we are. There is no other option.
Lack of self-responsibility is the plague of our times.
If we are not willing to take responsibility for our thoughts, speech, and actions, we are abdicating our role in creating the results of our life.
That role is given to us by existence whether we like it or not. And existence has laws that govern its operation that must be followed. This is completely non-negotiable, without any wiggle room. We are all part of existence, and we all have to participate in its outcome.
When we don't take responsibility, we are in essence closing our eyes and hoping to get lucky. When we finally accept we are responsible for creating our own experiences, we start to see that we have much more freedom than we previously thought.
Creation magnifies as it goes from ephemeral states to the physical state.
A tiny imbalance in our intention leads to a bigger imbalance in our thinking which leads to a stronger imbalance in our emotions which leads to a massive imbalance in our body. This is why many people can feel overstretched and out of balance.
Balance also has to do with being able to see a longer-term picture. We tend to be short-term oriented, because we want instant gratification. We want to get out of pain and into pleasure.
Balance is when we can see all of the varying options available to us and we use them to make wise choices. Like all states of being, balance is accessible at any moment, no matter how out of balance we might feel at the time. Balance says, "Now hang on a minute. Let me think this through." With balance we start to make different choices, which can help steady our lives.
Some people believe that humility is simply the absence of arrogance. But it is much more than that. Humility allows us to accept greatness.
It allows us to feel the fullness and greatness of who we are without it ever being an issue of going over into conceit or superiority. There is no part of us that wants to own it—we simply accept it. Humility has an incredible ability that allows us to embrace optimal experiences without being claimed by the ego. Humility acknowledges our oneness with God, and accepts it!
It has a sweetness, kindness, gentleness, and tenderness to it where we can feel tremendous reverence for ourselves and others. Humility is a very beautiful and unusual signature pattern.
Confidence is that relationship to ourselves where we can exist with positive and affirming language instead of a combative language where we exhaust ourselves.
Confidence is the cessation of the endless struggle, doubt, and fear. Confidence represents the fruits of quelling negative self-talk and being at peace with ourselves. With confidence we feel at one, and we feel happy with what we put out in the world.
It is an ongoing, living actualization of trust. Confidence has an effortlessly uplifting vibration, which creates a resilient, buoyant internal environment for us.
The Nature of Giving
Giving is the most natural quality that exists. It is the perfect demonstration of the nature of existence. We could say it is the "act" of existence. Existence has all, and therefore can give all without the slightest doubt or uncertainty.
Conversely, in human society we tend to live in a myth of scarcity and are often afraid to give. Additionally, the focus of giving has shifted from unconditional giving to the concept of exchange, which is conditional giving. This, too, limits our capacity to give.
To really understand giving, we have to understand how belief works. We cannot give something we do not believe we have, whether a quality or a possession. Giving comes with an automatic assumption of having. When we give from an understanding of effortless abundance, we demonstrate our trust in existence. As a result we experience the lightness and expansion of that belief. Giving demonstrates our alignment with the essence of life.
Many people operate from an assumption that their physicality is the extent of their being. They focus on the mind, emotions, and body, not realizing there is a ready-made source of support and guidance available to them.
When we turn our attention heavenward asking for help, we can connect to a multitude of unseen helpers ready to give us the support, encouragement, and guidance we need.
They exude generosity of spirit, kindness, patience, and tolerance. There is no expectation of reward. It is a pure act of giving and loving. They never get overwhelmed, and they do not get overloaded. They do not expect us to jump through hoops to receive their help. It is given freely. A tremendous service for all of humankind.
The goodness, nourishment, and benefits we receive from them help us adopt the same attitudes toward ourselves (and others). When someone believes in us, it helps us believe in ourselves. Their care and attention to us is a demonstration of the optimal state we can adopt for ourselves.
They are the model of the lessons we learn in Freedom 201 as we go from the first session on "Willing and Allowing" through to "The Nature of Giving." They live it. They are the culmination of all of these lessons.